Ashish Verma, who was last seen in Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15, opens up to fans on an Instagram live session. The actor talks about the journey to the film industry, rapport with co-stars and ways to spend quarantine.
It was our privilege to have onboard the very talented actor Ashish Verma live with us on our Instagram page. The actor was at his jovial best and talked about a lot of things, from web series to hobbies and many more. Here are some of the questions he answered:
How is lockdown treating you?
It’s not very difficult to stay indoors for actors. We stay back home doing nothing a lot of times. I remember being quarantined for two months straight back in 2015. So, it’s quite normal for me.
However, the only tiring thing is doing all my household chores all alone. Jhaadu pocha, bartan dhona, khaana banana sab akele Karna padh raha hai.
How do you spend your leisure hours?
I read books, meditate or binge-watch different shows. Right now, I am also spending most of my time researching the fatal Coronavirus. This ensures that I am well-updated with the current scenario.
When did you decide that this is what you want to do?
As a child, I was active in my school plays. I used to be one of these actors to don a fake British accent and participate in Shakespearean plays. This fetched me a lot of popularity among my schoolmates. I graduated from Kirori Mal College and it has the best Drama Society in DU. This is where I got my reality check. I began from the scratches. Then FTII happened.
After this, I moved to Bombay. I started assisting fellow FTIIan in his short films that received accolades nationwide. I even used to cast actors for his films. This is why Google still refers to me as a casting director. Not only this, but I also receive portfolios from actors to date.
Gradually Not Fit, InMates, Gurgaon happened and here I am today.
How was the experience working with Ayushmann in Article 15 and Varun in Sui Dhaaga?
I couldn’t spend much time with Varun since the shooting lasted for only 4-5 days. However, he is a great co-actor to work with. There’s a particular scene that required me to hit him. So I told him, “Maine chaanta lagaana hai aapko yahaan”. To this, he replied, “Jamke lagao. It should look real”. He is cool with every retake.
Ayushmann, on the other hand, is a complete boy next door. We used to play cricket in between shots. No less than a companion. We sometimes had to remind him that he is the hero of the movie.